Proof is in … the Picture?

When you have one of those mild winters you automatically expect spring to be quicker, at least I do. I know it is still March, and today is 44 degrees but I am ready. Yesterday I saw my first Gold Finch to my feeder, one male and one female.

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I do apologize for what looks to be a bag of garbage in my yard. That is actually home brewed mulch for a raised bed I am adding in front of those firs this spring. Didn’t want to have to carry it to the back and bring it back to the front.

So with the sights of birds and flowers coming up, I am getting more ready, especially since we are home-bond for who knows how long. Hopefully the curve will soon start to flatten and we can begin to relax. I do lift prayers daily for world as so many countries are being taken by storm of this pandemic with the US being the highest number of cases.

Once this storm is passed I hope to get my front fenced in so that I can be outside in the yard with the puppies at the same time without a leash being involved. We both then can be free to move and play. So I shine out hope for quick recovery for all of us and the warmth of spring to come soon. May you all be safe and as always, remember to be kind, especially while this storm is unleashing upon us.

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Calm Before the Storm

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The beauty and gnarly curves of tree limbs has always been a fascination to me. When I was younger I tried to draw them but my skills were weak at best. Today is a freak of nature day by being 58 degrees on the 23rd of February. This is a spoiler day as people are out walking and enjoying the marvelous temps outside. And of course the dogs are going nuts seeing all the activity. But…

“Have no fear” says old man winter “I am still near”!!

Starting now and continuing through to Wednesday the temps will steadily drop down in the low teens, more typical of this time of year. Combined with the temp drop, a slow moving storm front is planning on coming through and dropping an expected 12+ inches of snow on top of possible ice. While we have had the average amount of snow this winter, it has been in acceptable amounts of 1-2 inches each time, not the mass dumping we are expecting. Oh, well. It will give me the chance to get back to some writing here. I have been so busy getting book #2 off to the publisher, I have not had the chance to play with the impromptu writing I have come to enjoy in blogging.

So I wish you all a safe last attempt of old man winter – we all know the ground hog lied – but soon spring will show its beautiful colors and new life. So until next time, I wish you peace and remind you as always to be kind. Kindness is a true reflection of our inner beings.

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Escape Stress with Coloring

The Escapist Coloring Club sponsored by Linda G. Hill has been a fun thing and I suggest every one give it a try. It really does help you focus on the coloring and allows for pushing aside stress. It works for me. There are calendars, books and I think even downloadable sheets. I was given this book by my daughter last year for Christmas and it really has been fun.

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You can tell by the bends and creases in the cover that I am in this book…a lot. Today’s picture helps us remember the beauty of wildlife and the hopes for spring for those of us who live in snow during the months of January and February and hopefully NOT March.

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I use pencils as I seem to be able to shade easier with those but I loved Linda’s page this time as she said she uses both. I may try that for next month. You will also see some bend to my page as I had a big helper this time who was fascinated with the pencils – probably because they look like a colored stick – well they are wood…

Come join in with us and we can all color together. And as always remember to be kind, it show the beauty of who you really are.

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Adverbly Stated, #SoCS

Birdly Life

Swiftly moving,  delicately darting, where did he come from, did you see?

Brightly colored, radiantly reflective, there he goes hiding in the tree.

Buzzingly quiet, hungrily tasting, the sweet nectar of flowers below,

Lovingly feeding, protective parenting, the spring time young, waiting to grow.

Hopefully waiting, cameras are ready, as hummers and others begin to arrive,

Amazingly beautiful, peacefully enjoyed, the birds of summer we hope to thrive.

Even though the day is gray, the beauty of the birds help me smiles. I saw the goldfinches arrive last week and today, the hummers have been seen zipping through the evergreens looking for nesting grounds. I would love to be a small creature for a day to be able to go all through the branches of the evergreens and visit all the may birds I see going in and out of there as they come to the feeders to eat. So many types living or visiting in that wall of 6 evergreens. They all seem to get along fine, what a lesson for mankind. Now I know there are squabbles there as well but the image it paints is that all is well.

So I remind you on this day of gray, to rekindle the joys of kindness along you way. And may the brightness of the kindness you share this day brighten the day of another with kindness more to share.

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And if you have enjoyed my silliness with adverbs, then join along with Linda G Hill’s richness of Saturdays SoCS use of Adverbs.

Memories of Spring, Escapist Coloring Club

For Linda G Hill’s monthly challenge of the Escapist Coloring Club, I have created another idea of spring. Our winter was brutal and spring is not being very friendly either. So I color you a fun idea of spring in hopes that your spring will be kinder than mine here in  Iowa.

HOP INTO SPRING!!!

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The fun side of Spring

As you enjoy your spring, remember the beauty of new life as plants start bringing forth their beauty. As this beauty makes you smile, remember to share that smile with others and be kind. Kindness is a reflection of God’s love so share it often.

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The Fun Side of Easter

We approach this new season with a lightness in our hearts. New life comes up from the ground as new flowers begin to show their faces. The air is warmer and we enjoy outside more. We open the windows to breath in fresh air and thankful for the brightness around us.

Where we have fun at Christmas while we celebrate His birth, the celebration of His rising at Easter brings us all new life, new hope and the strength to carry on. Even if you are not a believer in Christ, the understand of what it means is somewhat familiar to all. It is fun to share the newness of  life about the resurrection and be able to relate it to children with the newness of spring.

New flowers who have been dead all winter are not waking up to new life parallel with the resurrection story. The trees and bushes coming back to life with the new leaves of new life.

New wildlife babies are born representing the newness of life as created by our Father in heaven.

Then there are those who love to decorate their home to show a newness of life or the welcoming of spring, like door wreaths.

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This pair of purple house finches are the first to visit my feeder this year. They are really pretty.

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I also like to show off some of my mothers fun Easter stuff as it makes me smile and remember the fun parts of her. The silly waving rabbit family I painted for her when I was in college.

So while Easter is a celebration that should never be taken lightly for its true meaning, we can enjoy the newness of spring as it also bring us new life and new hope for the coming year. And as you take in the new life, let it send out kindness roots that spreads kindness seedlings wherever it goes.

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Color Confusion, atozchallenge, Juxtaposition

Spring is coming…maybe. It keeps hinting at it but I have a feeling we will miss spring and go straight to summer by mid May, that’s only a few weeks away.  Regardless, after this harsh winter, some new something needs to happen. Oh, yea, the new refrigerator doesn’t count because that was not in the plan.  Death of an appliance is NEVER in the plan.

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Hideous wallpaper

Wallpaper removal is in the plan but down the list. Living room is first. And since living room is first, I am torn about the color. I am wanting to bring out the color of the rose that is in the tapestry hanging on the wall.

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Linda Hill has made a wonderful offbeat A to Z challenge and it is time for J. Since I am not sure if this is one of her words I will check back and add to the post later if so. Otherwise I am just rebelling on a cool seldom used word.

So I took the snap shot of the tapestry and off the the paint store I go. I came up with one I thought would be perfect and then on purpose chose a lighter one for comparison. Those didn’t work. The one I thought would be perfect is too dark and the lighter one has too much pink. So back to the store we go. At lease I have these two samples to compare with, so back at the store I placed all possible candidates in a juxtaposition on the counter to compare with my phone. But florescent lighting is horrible to judge by, so we chose two more samples and to home we go to compare with house lighting.

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These are different?

The paint expert promised that were different but I couldn’t tell. Maybe it will look better outside. But its raining. So under the cover of the front door and thundering over head, we check again. Still not difference except color seems to be washed totally out.

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Now what

Okay, so lets go over to the tapestry and see how it compares there so we juxtaposition samples and tapestry and I think we finally can see a difference.

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I think romance is winning this contest

Even though the camera does not show justice to the colors, on the tapestry the contrast shows what I needed. Never in a thousand years would I have even thought to paint my living room pink. But here we are. Pink blending into a very white green for the dining room which will then  go into a soft yellow for the sun room. Hopefully by summer I will have these three rooms done. I can stand at the front door and take a picture showing all three rooms. We will see how it goes.

As you plan you spring cleaning and renovating tasks, remember to be kind to those you come in contact with. I found a new kindness drawing that I really like so I will be sharing it for a bit. Kind of says it all, be kind, be beautiful. Lets all be beautiful.

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Escapist Coloring Club Prompt; Spring

The monthly prompt from Linda on coloring gives those of us who enjoy the adult coloring books, calender’s, desk blobs, etc. to show off how much fun we had. Its not about the beauty and perfection of your drawing, however some are quite strikingly as Linda’s dragon, but its about the fun. I do my doodling/coloring at night when I have trouble sleeping because my brain is still going 900 miles an hour…and I am retired…semi-retired. Compared to what I used to do, answering the phones 3 days a week at the church is a major cake walk. However, being ADD, well…y’all know how that can be.

Anyway, since the winter was so brutal, we are all excited for spring being right around the corner so I drew a reminder spring. Come join in Linda G Hill’s Escapist Coloring Club Prompts this month’s and share your fun.

 

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The bird even with out coloring was quite elegant.

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And as always, I remind us all to be kind. Now that spring is getting close, we will be outside more so remember to share this great gift; the immeasurable gift of kindness.

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